Biometrics Institute postpones U.S. conference, books expert lineup for online webinars

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Biometrics Institute postpones U.S. conference, books expert lineup for online webinars

Biometrics Institute has rescheduled its March U.S. Conference for September 21 in Washington D.C., following concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the organization announced.

Despite travel restrictions, the institute is still committed to keeping the conversation going about biometrics and their ethical use. Therefore, two extraordinary online meetings will be organized as part of the U.S. Conference on March 24, 2020. A recording will be available following the event for members, as spaces are limited.

The meetings will both be focused on discussions about the U.S. biometrics industry.

The first will discuss technology and will feature a comparative talk by P. Jonathon Phillips from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) about humans and algorithms, a conversation about bias between Patrick Grother, author of NIST’s latest report on demographic differentials in facial recognition technology and John Howard from The Maryland Test Facility, and a talk on how to mitigate demographic variables held by Austin Park from NEC.

The second online meeting will focus on privacy and data protection. It will cover three talks held by Michael Hardin from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) who will speak about securing data and protecting privacy, Amanda Koulousias, an attorney at the Federal Trade Commission in conversation with Jeffrey Neuburger from the Biometrics Institute’s Privacy Expert Group will delve into digital identity and privacy, and Frank Torres from Microsoft, Jay Stanley from American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Scott Francis from Trust Stamp will discuss concerns, controversy and controls.

The Institute’s Singapore members’ meeting has also been postponed from May to September, though a new date has not been confirmed.

Decisions have not yet been made on the upcoming meetings in Brussels and Sydney.

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